A world of ideas at TEDxNewy

A PANEL of 16 Novocastrian visionaries and storytellers will today share their ideas with the world through the TEDxNewy symposium.

Adamstown mother of two Siobhan Curran applied for the licence to hold the independently organised event, which is a spinoff from the annual TED conferences in the US and Scotland.

The first TED conference was held in 1984 with a focus on technology, entertainment and design, aiming to share ideas worth spreading.

Since then its scope has expanded to include science, business, health, the arts and global issues facing the world.

The Naked Runners was started by health professionals Dave Robertson and Silas Moss, and they will speak in the final session of the day.

They wear clothes and the naked part comes from their refusal to follow technological trends by stripping it back to joggers, shorts and a T-shirt while running.

‘‘We don’t really see the need for a heart-rate monitor, GPS tracking system, iPod, iPhone, a booster belt and a nutrition bar,’’ Mr Robertson said.

‘‘The physical benefits of running are well documented but it also relieves stress.’’

Peter Saul will speak to the sold-out audience of 200 at the Playhouse Theatre about how the process of dying has changed beyond recognition in one generation.

Dr Saul, senior intensivist in the adult and paediatric intensive care unit at John Hunter Hospital and director of intensive care at Newcastle Private Hospital, has been deeply involved in the dying process of more than 4000 patients in the past 35 years.

The 200 places for TEDxNewy have been filled, but the event will be streamed online here and can also be watched on a big screen from the Mulubinba Room in Newcastle City Hall.

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